L & L Pest Control is a family owned and operated business. It was started in the summer of 1986 by Larry and Linda Smith. Larry Smith is a veteran of the US navy where he served 4 years on the USS California from 1974 until 1978. Linda “Hagerty” Smith is a 1973 graduate of Stroudsburg High School and a life long resident of the area. They met directly after Larry was honorably discharged from the navy in March of 1978. After dating a short period of time, they got married exactly 8 months to the day they met in November 1978. They started their family the follow December with a son, Larry; then a daughter, Cecilia, in September 1982.
L & L Pest Control is a licensed pest control company under the PA business license #BU7543. The office is located in Brodheadsville. To meet customer’s needs, they have additional phone #’s in Pocono Lake, Stroudsburg and Lehighton areas, but only one office on Route 715 in Brodheadsville. The office is run by Linda. Both Larry and his son, along with additional technicians, do the pest control service. All of our technicians are state certified, screened and bonded. When the business was first starting out, not only was pest control service done, but Larry installed different type of water systems, from acid neutralizers to water softeners to reverse osmosis systems, to name just a few. He also is certified to do Wood Destroying Insect Infestation Reports, commonly referred to as a termite inspection, under the certification #839549. While doing termite inspections, Larry saw an opportunity to expand his business into home inspection services. In 1996, Larry took the necessary courses to get certified, licensed and insured to do full home inspections and started the business “Larry Smith Inspection Services”. He is continually doing courses, to keep updated on the newest technology in the home inspection field. At the same time, he took the necessary steps to become a member of the “National Association of Certified Home Inspector” otherwise known as NACHI under the certification #01121902 and is a member in good stand to this day. Along with being a certified home inspector for both conventional and VA/FHA home inspections, Larry also does septic inspections which meet the same specifications as his home inspections. After noticing the need for radon testing, while doing home inspections, Larry took the necessary courses from the “PA Dept. of Environment Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection”, and became certified to do radon testing, certification #2297. Each year he has his radon machines calibrated, so his radon tests are the utmost in accuracy. Larry completes all radon qualifications, required by the state, to be up to date on all the current radon changes.
With the business growing at such a fast pace, Larry and Linda thought it necessary to incorporate. In April 2007, “A Bug’s Life, Incorporated” was formed. A name used only for tax and corporate purposes. Both L & L Pest Control and Larry Smith Inspection Services are umbrellaed under the corporation for business purposes.
Several years ago, Larry got licensed in the state of PA to do home improvement work. This was something he normally did, when 1st starting out, for many of his pest control customer. When it came necessary to become licensed to do such work, he took the necessary action and got licensed. From those actions, “Larry Smith Home Improvement” was formed, PA contractor license #PA0007681. Another company umbrellaed under the corporation for business purposes.
In 2010, Larry again expanded his horizons and took additional courses to become certified in the state of PA to do mold remediation under the PA certification #CMRW-2250.
Several years ago, we started accepting credit cards as forms of payment. For our customer’s convenience, payment can be made over the phone, at the time of the service, with a credit card. If your debit card can be used as a credit card, we will gladly take the information over the phone, so the funds can be directly taken out of your bank account, eliminating the need to write a check at the time of service. We accept: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. As always, personal and business checks, money orders and cash are gladly accepted.
When Linda needs to step out of the office for business, or the office is closed, calls are forwarded to an answering service. When a message is taken, it is immediately texted and emailed to Linda. At times, Linda will return your call once she has had a chance to view the message. Otherwise, depending on the message, you will usually receive a return call from Larry or Linda within a 24 to 48 hour time frame. The answering service is there to take all calls, no matter what your business needs. The answering service take calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. So you know when you call us, we will get your message and take care of your needs, no matter what the problem!
So you can see, when you want anything from pest control, to home inspection, to mold remediation, to home improvement, give us a call. We will treat you the way we would expect to be treated and return your call in a very timely fashion, usually within 24 hours. We believe if we treat our customer’s the way we would want to be treated, we will earn a life long customer! Give us a try! I’m sure you will be happy you did. After all, we have been providing quality service to our customers and the community for over 30 years. We definitely have the cure for what is bugging you!